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Here are some commonly asked questions I receive about the Henry Milker. If you can't find your answer here, send me an email. If I'm not milking Millie and Minerva, I'll try to answer as soon as possible.
Happy milking,
Mike

Q: Is the Henry Milker electric, does it require batteries?

Q: Will the Henry Milker help me milk my goats faster than by doing it by hand?

Q: Does the Henry Milker exert variable pressure or constant pressure?

Q: You say it is easier on the milker hands, how can that be when you still have to use the hand pump to make the milker work?

Q: Will the Henry Milker work on my Jersey cow?

Q: What about Miniature Goats and their teats being much smaller?

Q: Will the Henry Milker work on my smaller goats? Do I need a smaller teat cup?

Q: I need to collect colostrum from my horses. Will the Henry Milker work for this?

Q: Do you have to keep pumping continuously to keep up the suction?

Q: How difficult is clean up?

Q: Is it adaptable to other jars/lids?

Q: How long will the milker last and where can I buy replacement parts?

Q: Is the Henry Milker electric, does it require batteries?
A: The Henry Milker is a hand vacuum pump milker. NO electricity or motors or batteries. It's all hand operated.

Q: Will the Henry Milker help me milk my goats faster than by doing it by hand?
A: Absolutely. Remember, the Henry Milker is not a production milker as was not designed to be used as a replacement for the expensive commercial products that run as much as $2,000. After you and your goat become more familiar with the Henry Milker, your milking time will decrease. The Henry Milker will also save you time during clean-up.

Q: Does the Henry Milker exert variable pressure or constant pressure?
A: With the Henry Milker, you control how much the pressure varies or fluctuates. It uses a hand vacuum pump (operated by squeezing the pump with your hand), creating negative pressure on the teat, much like the action applied by a baby goat. Once the vacuum builds you can just watch the milk pour. Keep an eye on the built-in pressure gauge. Fluctuate the pressure with a simple squeeze of the hand. There's also a pressure release valve. 

Q: You say it is easier on the milker hands, how can that be when you still have to use the hand pump to make the milker work?
AYou still have to use one hand but the pumping action required of the muscles is very different than having to actually milk by hand. In addition, with the Henry Milker you get a rest because once you have reached a pressure that pulls the milk, you get to stop pumping. You can watch the milk flow and keep an eye on the gauge and the milk flow to the container. As needed, you give the vacuum pump a couple of pumps and then rest again. This is repeated until you are finished.  

Q: Will the Henry Milker work on my Jersey cow?
AYes it will. But remember, the Henry Milker is not a production milker and only milks 1 teat at a time. There are cow owners who have purchased 2 Henry milk machines and are able to milk 2 teats at a time. They each have been pleased with the results.

Q: What about Miniature Goats and their teats being much smaller? Will the Henry Milker work on my smaller goats? Do I need a smaller teat cup?
 A: The Henry Milker teat cup makes contact with the udder, not the teat. The teat is suspended down in the teat cup. It really makes no difference how small the teat is. There are many satisfied customers who have hard to milk goats with smaller teats and have verified that it really works.

Q: I need to collect colostrum from my horses. Will the Henry Milker work for this?
A
: Yes, the Henry Milker can accomplish this task with ease. Since you are able to hold the pump in one hand and the teat cup in another (until suction is established, then it’s a one-hand operation), the extraction of colostrum is very easy. The collection container may be ½ pint, pint, quart or half gallon. It’s your choice with the Henry Milker.

Q: Do you have to keep pumping continuous or just now and then to keep up the suction?
AOnce you have reached a pressure that pulls the milk, you can stop pumping. You can watch the milk flow and keep an eye on the gauge and the flow to the container. As needed, you give the vacuum pump a couple of pumps and do nothing. This is repeated until you are finished. You can drink a cup of coffee while milking.
 
Q: How difficult is clean up?
AClean up is very easy. Most Henry Milker owners milk into quart jars and remove the milker inlet lid and just screw on a regular lid and put the jar directly into the refrigerator (no straining). Hot soapy water and a little brush on the milker inlet lid and hoses and you're done. 

Q: Is it adaptable to other jars/lids?
AOne of the best things about the Henry Milker is that it fits any regular Mason or Kerr canning jar. ½ pint, pint quart or half gallon will fit perfectly.

Q: How long will the milker last and where can I buy replacement parts?
AThe Henry Milker is very durable and should last for years. Replacement parts can be purchased by request.

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